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Duque de Albuquerque

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An October 2008 trip to Albuquerque by SeenThat

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Quote: After crossing its Sunport, Amtrak and Grayhound stations several times the past, I found myself in Albuquerque once again.

The Duke City

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Rail Runner Photo, Albuquerque, New Mexico
With slightly more than half a million inhabitants, Albuquerque is the largest city in New Mexico and one of fastest growing cities in the USA. Founded in 1706, it was named after Don Francisco Fernández de la Cueva, Duke of Alburquerque and Viceroy of New Spain from 1653 to 1660 by the by the provincial governor Don Francisco Cuervo y Valdes. In the nineteenth century, Amtrak decided to place there its main station in New Mexico and transformed the city into the biggest one in the state. An Anglo-American railroad stationmaster, who was unable to pronounce the name, dropped the first "r" in "Alburqu...Read More
Alvaredo Transport Center Photo, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Albuquerque is the main travel hub in New Mexico; despite its being connected by road, railway and air to all the main destinations in the area that does not sum up to much. On the paper, the Sunport is an international airport; in reality, it is hard to find flights to cities beyond the adjacent states. It is Amtrak’s main stop in the state; but only the Southwest Chief crosses the city. Even crossing to nearby Mexico is mainly done through El Paso, in Texas. Thus, understanding the counted available options is important.CarTwo interstate highways cross Albuquerque, the I-40 runs from east to west, while the I-25 from north to south, the last connects the city with ...Read More

Flying Star Café

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Flying Star Café Photo, Albuquerque, New Mexico
On Travel and NamesCertain names are especially attractive for travelers; I commented on that while reporting on Kashgar. Mentioning the name of Chiang Roon can put the most sedentary Thai in move. Considering that, my having breakfast at the Flying Star Café on the morning of a day in which I was planning to have three flights was the most natural thing.The Warning"Be careful, it is rather expensive," I had been told. With a simple filter coffe...Read More

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Flying Star Café
723 Silver Ave. SW
Albuquerque 87103
(505) 244 8099

Route 66 Hostel

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Hotel | "Halloween in Route 66 Hostel"

Route 66 Hostel Photo, Albuquerque, New Mexico
ObsessionAlbuquerque has an obsession with Route 66. The name appears in almost every road sign in town. Why? It may awake nostalgia to a far gone America, hint to the Number of the Beast (in morbid America that may play a role, see Hollywood's output along the last century), or just an attempt to make an easy profit on the many travelers rushing to nearby Santa Fe. Regardless the reason, once in Albuquerque it made sense to spend a night at the hostel of that name, despite the fact that it was surrounded by better - and less expensive - establishments....Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on October 24, 2008

Route 66 Hostel
1012 Central Avenue SW
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102
(505) 247-1813

Amtrak Lounge Car Photo, New Mexico, United States
Amtrak's Southwest ChiefAmtrak's Southwest Chief connects Chicago with Los Angeles, passing in the way through Kansas City, Topeka, Dodge City, Raton, Lamy (Santa Fe), Albuquerque and Flagstaff. Santa Fe - AlbuquerqueBy the end of the nineteenth century a dramatic event shaped the future of ...Read More